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“We’re always told that referees ‘make allowances’ in these conditions,” writes Gary Naylor. “The question is, will VAR?” Well firstly, VAR doesn’t make allowances for anything. Secondly, as BT Sport start their broadcast it isn’t snowing at all, and the pitch is clear and looking perfectly football-ready.
According to the Met Office, the chance of snow in or around the Hawthorns is 90% now, 70% at 8pm and 80% at 9pm. It then warms up, hitting 2C in the early hours of the morning and the balmy heights of 3C tomorrow afternoon.